ROCKS AND ROSES

In 1974 Mac Davis released a hit song entitled “Stop and Smell the Roses” which stayed in the Country music top 40 lists for ten weeks and became the singers second number one hit.

STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES

Stop and Smell the Roses is a song about the busy life and how, if we are not careful to be purposeful with our time, we can miss the blessings. What I like about the lyrics is it goes a step further to communicate the point that not slowing down to notice the good things are what actually make our lives “ a rough and rocky road.”

 OUR LIVES BECOME WHAT WE FOCUS ON

Ever wonder why there are people who no matter where they turn, something great happens for them, yet there are those who it seems nothing in their lives ever goes right? There is a reason for that; it’s about what we focus on.

 GOOD AND BAD HAPPENS TO EVERYONE

What are the negative events people complain about? Money, career, relationships, death and unexpected change of plans. Take a minute to think about each of these. If we are honest, we have all experienced both good and bad within each.  No one person is immune to life’s challenges.

The reason some seem to have blessed lives while others are swirling downward in life’s proverbial toilet is about where they CHOOSE to focus. It’s not the fact there is some spiritual conspiracy against some while others are just living lives of luck. It is about what each of us decides we want our lives to look like.

 THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS “NOTHING WENT RIGHT”

We have all been guilty of saying, “nothing went right today,” however nothing could be further from the truth. When we feel this way we are really saying, “I am choosing to focus on everything that went wrong today, feel sorry for myself and would like everyone to join me in my pity party.”

If we are able to breathe we are blessed. I’m not saying nothing ever goes wrong and that we shouldn’t be upset about those unexpected curveballs life hurls our way. That would be unrealistic. Bad things happen to all of us sending us into a tailspin at times. But what I am saying is that these moments should not define us nor be our sole focus.  Instead we should be glancing at the negative, while turning our eyes and mind to the good things of each day.

When you and I concentrate on our blessings we begin to discover more treasures. It’s like kicking the dirt to see what seems to be a diamond, leaning over to brush it off only to find a hundred more. The more you dig, the more priceless diamonds are discovered!

 SELF INVENTORY

 If you were to break your conversations into two categories, “positive” and “negative”, what percentage of each are being communicated?

 

 WE CAN CHANGE OUR PATHS IN LIFE BY SIMPLY CHANGING OUR FOCUS AND COMMUNICATION

 “I had a flat tire today, but thankfully I had a good spare.”

 “My knees are hurting and I don’t know why, however I’m blessed to have a good physician who is helping me figure out what is wrong.”

 “One of my customers cussed me out today which made me mad, but thankfully I have a spouse who understands and helped me get over it?”

 Communication like this helps us acknowledge the bad, but not become consumed. Our minds begin to SMELL THE ROSES of each day. In turn our attitudes improve and our outlook on life is one of excitement about what opportunities each day will bring.

 QUESTION

How do you keep positive and count your blessings? Please share below, I’d love to hear from you!

 

Robert Simmons is the President and owner of Living Life Coaching and Leadership. LLCL provides personal/group coaching, consulting as well as leadership workshops that engage employees to take action both in the workplace and in their personal lives.

To find out more contact Robert at info@coachrobertsimmons.com

 

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